Temperance

TEMPERANCE and HEALTH

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What exactly is temperance? The Oxford Dictionary defines it as moderation or self-restraint, especially in relation to eating and drinking but also in advocating abstinence. Temperance covers virtually every aspect of human life, relating to moderation in necessary functions such as eating and our interactions with others, and in abstinence in areas like smoking, alcohol and drug use.

Temperance covers areas of diet, sleeping habits, choice and fitting of our clothing, our daily activities, our exercise and all other aspects of our life. When it comes to food - It is important that each day we eat a well balanced diet. This means eating the right amounts of food from the different food groups, at the right times of the day. We should never feel bloated and over-full after a meal. We should always feel we could eat a little more when we leave the meal table. Due to body make-up and workload, the needs differ for each person, but the body knows and will give signals of satisfaction before getting over-full. The body does not handle food nearly as well when it is gulped down as it does when it is chewed well. It takes a little time for the stomach to give the full signal and one can easily overeat developing into a bad habit, over-weight, gas and other problems. Chew the food well, let the saliva work on the contents. Remember our stomachs do not have teeth -digestion starts in the mouth.

Temperance in drinking is also important. It is highly recommended that coffee, tea, soda, canned drinks and alcohol should be out of the diet. Most contain caffeine and although it may give energy for a short term, after the boost has had its peak, the body becomes tired and the mind can become depressed. Often the low that comes after the caffeine wears off is worse than the tiredness before taking that cup of coffee. If you are tired, the body is calling for sleep, not a charge of high-octane fuel. The human machinery can only last so long and starts breaking down after continual abuse.

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